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March 26, 2015

A Twist on Easter Egg Decorating

Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Years ago a Lithuanian friend of my wife showed us the most beautiful Easter Eggs I’ve ever seen. They looked like carved marble or maybe some kind of Dinosaur egg. They had such rich, but natural coloring as opposed to the artificial, pastel coloring we are all used to. We asked her how to make them, but she would never tell us. She said it was “a Lithuanian thing”. Well we figured it out on our own, and she might be upset with us, but now we can pass the recipe along to you. Sorry “Z”.

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February 17, 2015

Top 7 Laguna Beach Wedding Trends

Years later, decades on, your wedding is one of the days you’ll always remember. So why not make it utterly, completely, absolutely yours? In a locale like Laguna Beach that’s a little bit rustic and every bit modern, you can blend the wedding traditions you love with the trends you love, too. Call it tradition with a twist.

If you’re planning to say “I do,” here are seven twists to the traditional wedding that are very du jour:

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January 25, 2015

Healthy Eating Tip: Cook It Yourself!

Many people think that by staying out of the kitchen we will eat less. That leads to eating prepared foods and ignorance about what types of things we are eating. One of the best ways to watch what you eat is to make it yourself. If you knew how much sugar or butter was in a batch of cookies, you might not eat as many!

It’s also about moderation. Butter, sugar, and other foods that are often looked at as “bad” foods should be appreciated as the luxuries that they are, and used sparingly.

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December 18, 2014

4 Invaluable Smartphone Apps for Laguna Beach

Thanks to our world’s obsession with instant gratification, Smartphone apps have become common for ordering food, receiving home services and getting around Laguna Beach. Blame it on fail-proof technology, seamless functionality and, well, utter convenience with just a quick swipe. We rounded up our favorite Smartphone apps most Laguna locals can’t live without.

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December 18, 2014

Holiday Party Guide: Top Venues in Laguna Beach

Jimmy Im

Your boss twerking to a Taylor Swift song. Uncle Joe introducing his new wife (20 years younger). Your girlfriends inventing a brilliant drinking game that involves spiked eggnog shots. Clearly, it’s that time of the year for the much-anticipated, notoriously enlightening holiday party where relationships are strengthened, booze is poured and gossip makes the best conversation. From office pow-wows to personal soirees, the better a venue, the brighter the memories, and there’s no better place than The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

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December 18, 2014

Best Laguna Restaurants for First Dates

Unless you’re Hugh Hefner, nothing gets nerves all bunched up like a first date. Blame it on immense fear of rejection or potential epic date fails (you’re welcome). Choosing the right restaurant is the first step in avoiding mishaps and,  as luck would have it, Laguna Beach is brimming with romantic restaurants that put blind daters in perfectly ideal settings. From casual hot spots to exceptional fine dining, top restaurants set the scene with a harmonious blend of ambience, design and, of course, great bites.

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December 18, 2014

After sunset: Alcohol-free nighttime activities in Laguna Beach

In Laguna, the sound of a cork popping is like church bells ringing at the Vatican: everyone pays attention. Nights are rife with wine, beer, spirits and champagne, and locals strictly adhere to a glass-half-full, hedonistic lifestyle. But the option to have alcohol-free adventures is just as infectious in Laguna, a haven for exciting sober activities after that iconic California sun sets. From beach fire pits to yoga, myriad after-hours recreations beckon locals and visitors alike for fun nights out without bubbles and jaegerbombs.

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December 18, 2014

Six tips for the perfect staycation in Laguna Beach

Jimmy Im

Sometimes the most memorable trips are experienced without hopping on a plane, train or automobile. In fact, it’s not unusual to pack your bags for a weekend getaway just steps along the coast. With miles of sandy beaches, ideal temperate weather and incredible hotels, Laguna Beach provides all the elements sought for the perfect “staycation.” Get in vacation mode with these five tips on maximizing your stay at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, bound to be the ultimate “staycation” resort.

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December 18, 2014

Recipe: The Ranch Prime Rib

For those of you that joined #RanchChefChat, as promised, here are some of the recipes we discussed.

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December 18, 2014

Recipe: The Ranch Pie Dough

For those of you that joined #RanchChefChat, as promised, here are some of the recipes we discussed.

 

1#  Pastry for a 9-inch pie shell or a 9 1/2- or 10- by 1-inch tart shell

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